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Summary: This article addresses the issue of hyperlinks not opening in email messages. It provides instructions for setting Internet Explorer as the default browser on different Windows operating systems to ensure links work in email programs. It also mentions the utility of Kernel for Outlook Express for email recovery.

Email messages offer a versatile platform for text, multimedia, and hyperlinks. Hyperlinks, when clicked, should open webpages in your default browser, but occasionally, they don’t. If the link is intact, check your system settings to enable hyperlink functionality within emails.

If You are Using Windows Vista OS

  • Open the Windows menu.
  • Type “default programs” under Start Search.
  • Click Default Programs under Programs.
  • Click Set your default programs.
  • Select Internet Explorer under Programs.
  • Click Set this program as default and then click OK.

You can select an alternative browser from the Programs list and utilize the “Set this program as default” option to designate it as your default browser.

If You are Using Windows 98/2000/XP
  • Select Control Panel from the Start menu.
  • Click Internet Options.

    If you do not see Internet Options right away, click Network and Internet Connections before.

  • Go to the Programs tab.
  • Check Tell me if Internet Explorer is not the default browser.
  • Click OK.
  • Open IE.
  • It will ask Internet Explorer is not currently your default browser. Would you like to make it your default browser?. Click Yes.

    If Internet Explorer does not ask for the same, then

     Close Internet Explorer.
     Select My Computer from the Start menu.
     Choose Tools | Folder Options… from the menu.
     Go to the File Types tab.
     Select URL: HyperText Transfer Protocol.
     Click Advanced and select Open.
     Click Remove.
     Click Yes and then OK. Start Internet Explorer.

If you use a browser other than IE, start it and make sure it is the new default.

The changes you’ve implemented will ensure that the links function correctly not only in Outlook Express but also in Outlook, Windows Mail, or any other email program.

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